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Mixed classes for men and women

Mixed classes for men and women

Some people from India, where I used to teach, have put to me the following question: Why now do you teach classes in which men and women students share the same space? [By ‘the same space’ is meant a space without any sort of physical partition.] Since the question addresses my own practice, I am obliged to answer for myself.

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The Month of Ramadan

The Month of Ramadan

Translated by Dr. Abu Zayd They asked: What is the meaning of the month of Ramadan? I replied: It is a month of blessings, abundance, happiness, and beauty. In it, the Qurʾān was revealed as guidance for humanity, guidance that is self-evident and clear....

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The Soundest Book

The Soundest Book

They asked: What is the greatest book? I replied: After the Book of God, the greatest book undoubtedly is the Ṣaḥīḥ of Imām Bukhārī, entitled al-Jāmiʿ al-Musnad al-Ṣaḥīḥ al-Mukhtaṣar min Umūr Rasūlillāh wa Sunanihī wa Ayyāmihī. Nothing like it has ever been authored in Islam or any other tradition.

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Two questions regarding congregational prayer

Two questions regarding congregational prayer

Many people have asked me: As we are compelled to pray in our homes, can we follow an imam via live broadcast by radio or TV or other means of ‘live-streaming’? A congregational prayer is valid if there are two or more than two doing the prayer in the same space.

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The pandemic and Ramadan

The pandemic and Ramadan

Only a week remains to prepare, before we welcome the month of Ramadan. With the covid-19 pandemic ongoing, so is the lockdown, and it is most likely that the lockdown will continue throughout Ramadan, and perhaps even longer. People are preparing themselves for this...

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Contagion

Contagion

Translated by Dr. Abu Zayd The coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout the world. The most effective means to stop its spread that is being considered is for people to remain in their homes and avoid coming close to others. The contagious nature of this disease is...

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Coping with the Covid-19 outbreak

Coping with the Covid-19 outbreak

Covid-19 is spreading at great speed throughout the human population of the world. While Europe and the USA are reporting the highest number of infections, all countries are affected. If the disease spreads in the same way everywhere, there can be no doubt that the...

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Washing the Deceased from COVID -19

Washing the Deceased from COVID -19

Issues related to those who have died from the coronavirus: washing their bodies, their burial and funeral prayers Some community workers have put to me some questions concerning those who have died as a result of infection by the coronavirus: Q: Since the bodies (and...

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Two rulings related to present emergency

Two rulings related to present emergency

One of my students who is a medical doctor in one of the hospitals in the UK asked me following: Q: Some doctor brothers are having issues in hospitals at this critical time. They have been advised to shorten or shave off their beards because face masks do not fit...

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Reduction (Qaṣr) in the Prayer

Reduction (Qaṣr) in the Prayer

Translated by: Tariq PandorThey said: What is the default regarding performing prayer (ṣalah)?I said: The default concerning the prescribed prayers is that they be performed in a house of Allah (i.e. a masjid) in congregation (jamāʿa), meeting their...

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